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fess

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noun \ˈfes\

Definition of fess

  1. 1 :  a broad horizontal bar across the middle of a heraldic field

  2. 2 :  the center point of an armorial escutcheon

Variants of fess

less commonly

fesse

Origin and Etymology of fess

Middle English fesse, from Anglo-French faisse band, from Latin fascia — more at fascia


First Known Use: 15th century


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fess

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verb \ˈfes\

Definition of fess

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to own up :  confess —usually used with up

Origin and Etymology of fess

short for confess


First Known Use: 1840



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